|Kunisthistorisches Museum Vienna Austria|
Pat and I visited Strasbourg in October 2009, because I particularly wanted to see the European Parliament building. The decision to locate it in Strasbourg was taken in 1952, right at the start of the move towards a European Union. Now that the Union includes 27 countries, with hundreds of millions of people not to mention its own currency, I anticipated that its Parliament building would be impressive and so it should be. A capital city is defined by its parliament building.
|United States Capitol Building|
|Houses of Parliament and Big Ben London|
In London, one has a similar sensation when the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben come into view.
|Hungarian Parliament in Budapest|
Click this link Hungarian Parliament to see a fantastic slide show on the Parliament. You will need to click on each slide to move forward. I don't know who to credit this to, but I didn't make the slide show.
Yet, in this respect, Strasbourg disappoints. The parliament building there is undistinguished. They claim that the building has deliberately been left unfinished to signify that the European Union is a work in progress, but that’s a poor excuse.
|Johannes Gutenberg’s movable type printing press|
This piece, written by Bob, was originally posted on our website on January 26, 2010.